Thursday, January 25, 2024

Event season is here!

When it comes to fly fishing, Spring is event season across the South. There's a wide range of regional events from large commercial expos like the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show and Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival to smaller club festivals like our own "Red Stick Day" and to the medium-sized Fly Fishers International regional events like the "Gulf Coast Classic".

Our friends in the Kisatchie Fly Fishers club recently held their biennial festival in Pineville, and it was very successful. It's held in even years, while the New Orleans Fly Fishers event is held in odd years.  No exact date yet for the NOFF Festival but it'll be sometime in January 2025. Our friends in the Big Easy always put on a really good show!

Here are dates for the remaining regional events this Spring:

Jan. 27 (Sat) – 31st annual Dr. ED RIZZOLO FLY TYING FESTIVAL, Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX. 8:30am – 4:30pm. The largest fly tying event on the Gulf Coast features over 80 tiers as well as seminars and vendors. Featured guest tier: Les Lehman. Hosted by the Texas Fly Fishers club. Website:

Feb. 2-4 (Fri-Sun) – ATLANTA FLY FISHING SHOW, GA South Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA. 9am – 6pm. Largest fly fishing show in the South featuring nationally-renown speakers, tiers. Workshops, seminars, destination seminars, exhibitors, and more. FFI will host the Learning Center, with casting and fly tying instruction free to show attendees. Website:

Feb. 24-25 (Sat-Sun) – 7th annual TEXAS FLY FISHING & BREW FESTIVAL, Mesquite Convention Center, Mesquite, TX. Nationally known fly fishing authors, professional guides, expert casters, fly tiers from across the country, dozens of exhibitors. Microbrew sampling. Website:

Mar. 9 (Sat) – 26th Annual RED STICK DAY, Waddill Outdoor Education Center, 4142 N Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge, LA. 8:30am – 3:30pm. Free admission. Seminars, tying demos, kayak demos, casting clinics, food, refreshments. Hosted by Red Stick Fly Fishers. Website:

Mar. 21-23 – 27th annual SOWBUG ROUNDUP, Baxter County Fairgrounds, Mountain Home, AR. 9am – 4pm, each day. Admission $10 for all 3 days, adults with kids under 12 free. Largest fly tying event in the country, over 120 tiers. Seminars, fly tying clinics, vendors. Special guests Davy Wotton, Tim Flagler. Hosted by North Arkansas Fly Fishers. Website:

May 3-4 (Fri-Sat) – 2nd annual FFI GULF COAST CLASSIC, Learning Campus, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, AL.  Seminars, fly tying demos, casting clinics, raffles, Mixed Bag Challenge fishing contest. Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) on Saturday 4pm. Hosted by the Gulf Coast Council of Fly Fishers International. Website: or

May 11 (Sat) - THE DIRTY CARP fly fishing tournament, fly fishing tournament for carp in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard parishes. Bank fishing only. Hosted by members of the New Orleans Fly Fishers. More details and registration to come soon. Follow on instagram @thedirtycarp for details as they become available.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

January 22nd fly tying - Ken's Redfish Fly

RSFF monthly fly tying
Monday, January 22, 2024

7:00 pm
Orvis Perkins-Rowe
7601 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA

Join us this Monday evening for our monthly fly tying session at Orvis.  The pattern this month will be Ken's Redfish Fly - a special creation by our own Ken Holmes.

Our fly tying sessions are open to the public, and beginners are welcome. Bring your vise and tools, or just watch. For those without tying tools, the club has some for use during these sessions.  

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Flies & Flights - Weds, January 17th

Where: Rally Cap Brewing (11212 Pennywood Ave, Baton Rouge, LA)

When: Wednesday, January 17th (7pm til close)

Join us this Wednesday for our first monthly Flies & Flights of 2024, hosted by Rally Cap Brewing.  This month we’ll be tying up some Hare’s Ear Nymph variants (a mainstay of trout & panfish boxes everywhere)!  Tools, vises and materials are available for those looking to learn, so please don't hesitate to join us if you're looking to learn.

F&F is an independent collective of tiers just looking to tie and enjoy a social gathering with some fine brews. While not affiliated with Red Stick, it was hatched by a few club members as an alternative to a traditional meeting environment. Everyone is welcome!

Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!

Thursday, January 11, 2024

January 15th General Meeting: Redfish Regs & Pickerel on the Fly with Catch Cormier

 Monday, January 15, 2024 @ 7PM

 LDWF Headquarters
 2000 Quail Dr
 Baton Rouge, LA 70809

* This meeting was postponed from January 8th due to weather.  We'll be monitoring the weather for this upcoming Monday as there's a slight chance of freezing precipitation on Tuesday *

 This month’s featured speaker is Glen "Catch" Cormier.  Catch is the Conservation Director for the Gulf Coast Council of Fly Fishers International (FFI).  In addition, he loves fly fishing for chain pickerel across west Louisiana, east Texas and elsewhere.  Catch will be presenting on a pair of topics:

  1. Fly Fishing for Chain Pickerel in the Pineywoods Region of Louisiana and Texas

  2. An update on LDWF efforts to amend current Redfish Regulations

Be sure to mark your calendar for what should be an informative and entertaining evening.

See everyone there!

Monday, January 8, 2024


 Due to the risk of severe weather, the RSFF Board has elected to postpone this evening's General Meeting.

Please check back for announcements regarding the rescheduled time and date.


Stay safe and dry this evening!!